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Grace is the TDCI English Junior Modern Champion

Grace - the TDCI English Junior Modern Champion

Grace - the TDCI English Junior Modern ChampionOn Sunday 19th November Grace, Y8, competed in the TDCI English Junior Modern Championships and was awarded 1st Place out of 119 competitors becoming the English Junior Modern Champion 2017. The TDCI English Championships took place at the Waterside Arts Centre, Sale and Grace was presented with the Trophy by the Mayor of Trafford Jonathan Coupe.

GCSE Dance residential – summary

Dance Residential TripYear 10 dancers have just returned from a brilliant dance trip to the Conway Centre, Angelsey. The weekend, run by Homegrown Dance Theatre, included dance workshops on all aspects of GCSE Dance. Students from schools across the country learnt repertoire from professional dances on the GCSE anthology, choreographed dances and learnt 2 of the set phrases. A great weekend was had by all and we are all very tired now! See more photos here:

 

Silver Dance Company

Silver Dance Company We have decided to name our dance performance groups to make us sound very professional when we are representing the school at external performances.Silver Dance Company

As we wanted the name to link to our school name, AGGS, we have picked Silver Dance company as Ag is the chemical symbol for Silver!

Congratulations to all the new members of Silver Dance Company and Junior Silver Dance Company.

Arts Evening – Monday July 4th

Gallery-thumb1Our first ever combined Arts Evening, involving over 100 girls, showcased a production of the ‘Wizard of Oz’ from our talented Y10 GCSE drama students, accompanied by our AS Y12 musicians as the Wizard band, who played alongside an enthusiastic cast of singing and dancing munchkins.

The evening took on an American theme – it was July 4th after all! – and so the ‘Wizard of Oz’ was interspersed with other musical items from Second Orchestra, saxophone ensemble, recorder ensemble, Jazz Band and String Orchestra, who played music with some kind  of US connection. The musical variety was eclectic and wide ranging, including ‘Skyfall’ performed by the Jazz Band with phenomenal singer Effi (Y10) and Copland’s ‘Hoedown’ from the String Orchestra, arranged brilliantly by a parent, Mrs Adrienne Spilsbury.

Arts Evening, 4th July Gallery
Arts Evening, 4th July Gallery

Mrs Anstey, Mrs Collinson and Miss Gough all helped with the munchkin choreography and in addition, showcased a special interpretation of the development of the Americas, performed by the GCSE dance students.

The evening was rounded off with the audience joining in with a final rendition of ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’ and despite an earlier downpour, which meant the first section of the show couldn’t be performed as planned in the Centenary Garden, spirits couldn’t be dampened and a wonderful time was had by all – audience and performers alike.

Special thanks go to Mr Chris Capon for his technical expertise, Mrs Val Brennan and also the caretakers, the PTA and Peru Team 1 for wonderful USA themed refreshments, to Mrs Taylor and the Art Department for stylish flyers and to Miss Amanda Wright and Mrs Louise Dickinson and all the instrumental staff for their musical contributions.

Ms Mayall

Click here to see the photos from the evening

Sprung

Sprung, GCSE performance 2016

On Thursday 5th May, our showcase of contemporary dance, Sprung, took place in the school hall.

The evening mainly consisted of the Year 11 GCSE Dance practical examination work, and also featured performances from the school dance clubs and Junior Dance Performance Group.

The showcase was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the outstanding GCSE Dance work from the examination that had taken place earlier in the day. The examiner commented on the high standard of all the work. The girls really did us all proud with their outstanding choreographies and performances.